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December 16, 2011
Sikorsky Aircraft has awarded Corona, Calif.-based CIRCOR Aerospace with a multi-year contract to produce landing...
December 15, 2011
The Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts for the fire control target sight system (TSS) on the U.S. Marine...
December 15, 2011
Seattle, Wash.-based HEATCON Composite Systems has been contracted by the U.S. Army to supply materials for repairing composite helicopters and airplanes. The...
December 14, 2011
The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching Science & Technology (S&T) effort designed to engineer, build and deliver a next-generation...
December 13, 2011
Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program hosted a team of Army aviators and maintainers from the Republic of Ecuador at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky. The group consisted...
December 9, 2011
The Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) has contracted Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) to upgrade its fleet of...
December 9, 2011
The U.S. Marine Corps recently admitted that the lifetime cost of operating their new V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft had increased 64 percent over...
December 8, 2011
Boeing is promoting its AH-6i to meet reconnaissance/attack helicopter requirements for military forces in the Middle East. The AH-6i is the aircraft Boeing is entering in the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition. Mike Burke, director of attack helicopters business development for Boeing, said that the AH-6i currently meets all the...
December 8, 2011
Eurocopter has handed over the final Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of a 22-aircraft order...
December 8, 2011
Australia’s MRH90 helicopter program has received a significant boost with an agreement between the Commonwealth and manufacturer...
December 6, 2011
Boeing is close to signing a deal with another international defense force as a new customer for the AH-64D Block III, although it is a little premature to say which one, when or how many, according Mike Burke, director of business development for attack helicopter programs. During presentations at the Dubai Air Show...
December 6, 2011
AgustaWestland has handed over the first NH90 NFH to the Norwegian Armed Forces as part of a 14-helicopter order. The...
December 6, 2011
Bell Helicopter Textron displayed its militarized 407AH at the Dubai Air Show, promoting it and the IA407 being developed for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Both aircraft use the civilian-certified Bell 407 modified to carry an array of aerial weapons. However, the major difference between them is that the IA407 is strictly an Army program, with Bell selling the civil 407 to the U.S...
December 6, 2011
My observations this month surround two different assembly lines that I’ve witnessed recently. In November I visited Eurocopter’s Marignane sprawling headquarters complex outside of Marseille in the south of France. A month before I’d been to Boeing’s Ridley Park facility outside of Philadelphia. The immediate impression that was made upon me was the difference in assembly method...
December 6, 2011
It has always been surprising that American, British and other International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations operating in Afghanistan have not come under greater surface-to-air (SAM) missile attacks. As improvised explosive devices (IEDs) became successful in Iraq then became the major threat to the movement of ground troops in Afghanistan, ISAF coalition forces took to the air for troop movement...
December 5, 2011
Lockheed Martin has received two contracts totaling $30.6 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the...
December 2, 2011
The U.S. Army’s National Training Center (NTC) plans to retire three Bell UH-1H Hueys on Tuesday, Dec. 13...
December 1, 2011
Overall, 2011 could be described as a year that included some dramatic ups and downs for helicopters involved in combat. In the commercial market, while nobody can predict the direction of the economy, the continued development of new variants and sales inching forward is fueling a guarded optimism that 2012 could bring a return to more plentiful times. It’s been an eventful year, with the U.S...
December 1, 2011
Sikorsky X2 demonstrator’s “backbone” and coaxial rotors on display at AUSA in October. Photo by Andrew Parker Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for its S-97 Raider, going through all the sub-systems and overall system design, and has started the detail design and long lead time parts fabrication, which keeps the aircraft on target...
December 1, 2011
EADS North America has handed over the initial UH-72A Lakota in the Security and Support (S&S) configuration to the Mississippi National Guard’s Company C, 1st of the 114th Security and Support Battalion. Entry into service follows the official rollout for the National Guard, Army and industry leadership in early November, further expanding the roles being played the Active Army and National...
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